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10 Common Mistakes Made in Fishing

Mistakes happen and they can cost you the fish of a lifetime.
Losing a fish, especially one you’ve been fighting with for some time, is a horrible experience. You feel defeated and angry but after a while that fish becomes “the one that got away” and you get over it. You move on to hopefully bigger and better fish. This list will help you stop calling fish “the one that got away.”

1) Line Woes: A worn out line can fail on you when you least want it to. You should always replace your line at the beginning of the season and if you’re fishing often you should replace the last fifty yards or so once a month. At the end of each trip (and during), feel the end of your line for any nicks or damage and cut off what’s not good.
Also check to make sure any knots are secure and retie them all before each outing. You won’t catch anything if the knots in your line and the line itself are weak.

2) Hooking Problem: Always check to make sure your hooks are rust-free and sharp. You can test for sharpness by running the hook over your thumbnail. If it bites, you’re good but if not you’re going to need to change your hook. That’s only half the problem though. Even if your hook is sharp you can’t catch a 30lb tuna on a freshwater hook. Make sure you’ve got the right size and strength for the fish you’re going after.

3) Too many choices: If you’ve got your hand in your tackle box digging around for a lure then you’re not fishing. It’s perfectly acceptable to change your lure if the one you’re working isn’t working and hasn’t been working for half the day. But it’s wasting fishing time if you’re changing lures every few casts.

4) Presentation, Presentation, Fish: If your lure presentation is lacking you won’t catch any fish. Make sure that you don’t slack in casting because casts that result in a big plop won’t catch anything. If your worms and plastics aren’t dangling straight you’ll lose the fight before it even starts because you won’t attract the fish.

5) Don’t Drag: If your drag pressure is set either too high or too low of the breaking strength of the line you’re going to have issues pulling in your fish. Too much drag means too much pressure which will break either your line or your rod. Too little drag gives you slack in your line which can allow a fish to throw a hook. You also have to make sure that your drag is smooth and consistent or else it might stick or perform erratically.

6) Equipment Issues: If you’re fishing big saltwater fish you don’t want to use your freshwater set-up. Make sure your reel holds enough line for any type of fishing you’ll be doing. You need to be able to gain back line quickly and the drag has to be strong enough to stop your prey. Speedy fish need a reel that has a fast gear ratio. If you’re not using the right rod you won’t be able to fight the fish and your rod might break.

7) Follow me: Whether you’re standing on the dock or “stand-up” fishing on a boat when you hook a big fish you have to move with it. If you don’t follow your prey one of two things can happen: 1) the fish can swim under the boat and saw you off on the motor (if you’re on a boat) and 2) your line (and fish) could become entangled with the people near you. Neither of these things are good and can result in a lost fish. If you follow a fish around on a boat (or on the dock) then chances are better that you’ll catch it.

8 ) Where are the fish: Fish don’t stay in one spot in a lake so neither should you. Take time to learn everything about a particular body of water that you can know where the good spots are during the morning, noon, and night relative to the weather. On the other hand if the bite slows do not immediately move on. Even after frenzied biting wanes off fish tend to remain in the area but have gone deeper or to tighter cover. Knowing your water will help you find your fish.

9) Too much or not enough: There’s a fine line between talking too much and talking too little while you’re out fishing. There are times when it’s completely okay to speak up, especially when you’re on a boat and if you’re with multiple people who might be catching a fish at the same time as you. You’ve got to move around a bit then and you don’t want to tangle lines or bump into someone. Talking becomes important when you’re on a guided fishing trip: you have to listen to the skipper, guide and deckhands for important information. Talking can be rude when you’re trying to concentrate on say, placing a jig where you want it to go or trying to feel a subtle bite. It’s important to know the when to talk and when not to.

10) Out of Line: You’re stopping the fight before it really gets going if you run out of line. If you’re fighting a fish that can make long runs it will take you to the last few inches of line off your reel and snap it if you don’t have enough line. Always make sure you put the proper amount of line on by following the manufacturer’s specifications for the line you’re using.

These are the common mistakes that most fishermen make. Some are not so common. What made you lose that one trophy fish that could have been prevented?

What’s in a lure

You can’t catch fish if you don’t have the right equipment.

With all the lures, rods, reels, line and everything else on the market it’s hard to know what equipment is the best for you. No matter what the best fishing lure is one that takes the thinking out of fishing. It’s one you can hook-up to the end of your line and cast without worrying about anything but where the fish are. It’s a lure that responds no matter what the situation or the fish.

Your lure is what connects you to your big catch so it has to have good action. It can’t be dead in the water or it won’t attract anything. The best action is one that has a side-to-side wiggle like an injured baitfish because this is the action that makes the fish attack. Fish don’t vibrate or spin so neither should your lure.

The color of your lure depends on whether or not you believe color has anything to do with catching fish. The best natural baitfish colors are colors are silver, gold, bronze, green and maybe yellow. Other colors will depend on what the fish can see. No one knows if fish actually see color or not but they will see a shadow. So the color that gives the best contrast and shadow in the water will be the best color to use. But it depends on the water clarity and what the fish seem to be attracted to so color is a personal choice.

We all have our favorite lures depending on what we’re fishing or when. Some make it to favorite status because it’s the lure that the most fish have attacked. Others might be a favorite because there’s a story behind them: you got them from a father or grandfather or it’s the lure that you caught your first fish on.

So, what do you look for in a lure? Is it all about action or color? Why do you prefer the lures you use most often? Is there a story behind your favorite lure?


We’re excited to announce that this year the Reel Keel Fishing Lure will be at ICast. It won’t just be the #400 Series and #300 Series, we have a brand new lure added to our line which will be available for sale after the ICast show. The three lures will be in a special tri-pack just for the show.

Our team will be decked out in KIKO Fishing Tee-shirts and hats and demonstrating how the Reel Keel casts, swims and acts like an injured bait fish in the Casting Tank. They will also be demonstrating how our new lure acts with the #400 Reel Keel to give it even more action and fishy appearance.

ICast is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show and this year is taking place in Orlando, FL from July 11-13. It represents 63 countries and annually hosts 7,000 members of the sportsfishing community. ICast is the best place to showcase the newest fishing gear, apparel and accessories.

Stay tuned for more news about ICast and our exciting new addition to our line-up.